THE readers of this Life of Blessed John of Avila may well be surprised that one who even in his lifetime was celebrated for no ordinary sanctity, both in his own country and beyond it, should not have been beatified before an interval of three centuries and a half from the time of his death. And this all the more, because, as a spiritual director and guide, he had led so many along the paths of the highest perfection, of whom several have been venerated on our altars long before he was; we refer to St. John of God, St. Francis Borgia, St. Peter Alcantara, St. Teresa of Jesus. It is but recently that he who, for his skill in guiding souls, was honoured with the title of “the Master,” has been promoted to only the initiatory step of beatification. One reason for this delay seems to be that in the case of a priest, who did not belong to any corporate body of the clergy, secular or regular, there have been none to undertake the important and laborious work of promoting his cause; the energies of those devoted to his memory, however learned and capable, being not sufficiently united to attain this end. Aeterna Press
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